Southern's Hinton headed to Wake Forest

Jun. 12, 2014 @ 09:51 PM

Southern High School quarterback Kendall Hinton has verbally committed to take his game to Wake Forest University.

Hinton on Tuesday and Wednesday was in Winston-Salem visiting the Demon Deacons and liked what he saw, Southern assistant coach Montez McRae said.

McRae said he also was at Wake Forest working at one of the Coach Dave Clawson Football Camps.

“Coach Clawson came up to me and hugged me,” McRae said about the first-year Demon Deacons coach.

Wake Forest offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Warren Ruggiero also is “very thrilled to have landed Kendall,” McRae said.

Those coaches are happy because Hinton last season as a Southern junior completed 219 of 339 pass attempts (65 percent) for 3,972 yards, 39 touchdowns, averaging 18.14 yards per completion. He threw five interceptions.

Hinton has great legs and led Southern with 1,183 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns on 95 carries. That’s 12.45 yards per rushing touch.

Duke, N.C. State and East Carolina like Hinton, too. Coaches from those schools offered scholarships to him, as well.

Hinton certainly has love for what Duke coach David Cutcliffe has going on over there, McRae said.

But Duke recently got a commitment from Quentin Harris, a quarterback at The Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut. He’s a dual-threat signal caller like Hinton.

Hinton’s heroics helped Southern win the 3-A title a year ago.

Ironically enough, Southern won that state championship at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem. That’s where Wake Forest plays.